Anyone who works hard deserves some form of reward every once in a while. It doesn’t need to be very expensive nor does it have to be elaborate. It could be as simple as treating yourself to your favorite fast food joint and order your heart’s desire, buying the latest beauty product, or going and watching that movie you have been anticipating for months.

Yet for some, a good manicure or pedicure might do the trick.

No one can deny that getting your nails done is nice. The extra time and effort spent on pampering your legs and toes are always welcome. As a result, you are pleased with yourself with those polished toenails that look wonderful and make you feel the same.

Getting a pedicure regularly also has some other benefits to the body. As the manicurist/pedicurist works with your feet, they are doing more than what you think. Dead skin and calluses are removed using their specialized tools.

Your pedicurist is not only helping you improve on your appearance but as well as providing you comfort. Calluses can cause discomfort because of the uneven pressure it creates on your feet when you run, walk or even just stand that can eventually lead to lingering pain you feel on your feet a day in and day out.

Aside from the hygienic benefit, it also provides soothing relaxation. Recently, pedicurists include reflexology in the process to help stimulate the blood flow to the feet and legs and promote relaxing sensation as you are being massaged.

A massage has become is an important part of the pedicure. Particular parts of the foot can send electrical signals to the brain and to other parts of the body that promotes overall health improvement. Another new addition to the pedicure process is the use of scents.

It is common for pedicure spas to use various oils or candles to produce scents to give additional benefits beyond the physical. Studies say that scent from these oils and candles are beneficial because it can significantly help improve blood circulation, memory and even a person’s mood.

For example, the smell of lime invigorates, sugar excites, and vanilla relaxes the mind. These may seem like very simple scents you are paying extra for, but in fact, they significantly contribute to making your pedicure a great one.

Upon leaving the salon or spa with clean and pretty toes may seem like the only reward you get, but if you think about it, you are also leaving with a good mood and better health. Besides, having pretty toes is why you went to get the pedicure in the first place.

So why not make it a habit to get a great manicure and pedicure done regularly. You won’t only look good, but feel good as well. You have options on when and where to get it, whether you go to a salon or a spa or just buy your own nail products and have it done in your home.

Just make sure that the pedicure tools are properly cleaned and sanitized to avoid diseases such as nail fungus infections.

Perfect DIY Manicure And Pedicure
Step #1: Start With A Clean Slate
Always remove any nail polish you were already wearing before applying a new coat. But take caution to not overdo it on the nail polish remover – it tends to dry out your nails, particularly the cuticle area, so be frugal with it.

Step #2: Shape Your Fingernails
Use a nail file or nail clippers to file or cut your nails into the shape you want before you begin soaking them in water. Wet fingernails are easier to damage than dry ones.

When filing your nails, be as gentle as you can and use the least harsh emery board you can get. Never use one that’s excessively coarse, or one made of metal.

Step #3: Start Soaking Your Toenails
It takes between 6 and 8 minutes of soaking to get toenails soft enough to trim easily.

Step #4: Trim Your Toenails
Once your toenails are soft enough, trim them with nail clippers. Ideally, you should trim your toenails in a straight line, a little bit above the quick. Be careful – if you make them too short, you’re more likely to end up with an ingrown toenail.

Step #5: Apply Moisturizer To Your Cuticles
Use a thick, emollient-rich moisturizer to prepare your cuticles. You can use just about any moisturizer or oil you would use on dry skin. Cuticle creams have no special ingredients whatsoever that are particularly good for cuticles or nails, so there’s really no need to get a special cream just for your cuticles.

Step #6: Make Sure Your Nails Are Clean
You’ll need to remove any moisturizer or oil left on your nails before you start polishing them. If they’re still on the nail when you apply nail polish, the polish won’t stick to the nail.

You can clean off the remaining oil or moisturizer by gently wiping a small amount of nail polish remover or ordinary rubbing alcohol over the surface of the nail. However, be careful not to get it onto your cuticles; you want those areas to stay moisturized. Using a Q-tip is recommended to do a thorough and precise job on this step.

Step #7: Apply Several Coats Of Polish
The standard number of nail polish coats is four: a base coat, two coats of a colored nail polish, and finally, a top coat to give the nail additional shine. Let each coat dry before applying the next one.

If your nails are brittle or weak, use a ridge-filling nail polish as your base coat. Applying one or two coats will strengthen the nails.

Step #8: Take the Time to Dry Your Nail Polish
You should always give your nails plenty of time to dry thoroughly before doing anything with your hands. This usually takes about 30-45 minutes. Don’t be fooled into trusting quick-dry nail polishes or certain quick-dry top coats to shave time off the process.

Many products like these have alcohol in them, which may make your other coats of polish more prone to chipping and peeling off.

Step #9: Add More Emollient-Rich Moisturizer To Your Cuticles
Rub some more of your emollient-rich moisturizer into your cuticles after your nail polish has dried completely. This not only protects your cuticles from damage, but also promotes healthy fingernail growth.

Step #10: Touch Up Your Nail Polish Regularly
Manicures and pedicures can last longer if you touch them up every other day. Keep your top coat with you all the time, and whenever you have a few minutes to spare, add another coat of top coat to your nails. It will dry quickly and keep your manicure looking brand-new.